Turkey has taken important steps to be part of the European Union’s green deal through its historic action plan which has just been published.
The action plan, released on Friday by the Ministry of Commerce, includes 32 goals and 81 actions in nine categories to fuel Turkey’s transition to a more sustainable and greener economy, in line with the goal of making Europe the first climate neutral continent by 2050.
In addition to maintaining and improving the competitiveness of exports, the engine of the economy, Turkey also intends to help deepen its integration into the EU through the existing customs union.
Turkey attaches importance to the action plan as part of strengthening the integration it offers to global supply chains and attracting green investments to Turkey.
It set up a European Green Deal working group to carry out the objectives and actions of the action plan with the private sector and all relevant stakeholders.
Regarding Turkey’s alignment with the Green Deal, Deputy Foreign Minister Faruk Kaymakci said on Twitter on Friday that establishing a Turkey-EU high-level dialogue on climate change will advance Turkey-EU cooperation. EU and will promote a green European continent.
– European Green Agreement
The agreement, which is a set of policies aimed at making the continent the first climate neutral continent by 2050, was initiated by the European Commission in accordance with the Paris climate agreement of 2015. Last Wednesday, the Commission European Union adopted the Green Deal package.
The bloc “aims to make the EU’s climate, energy, transport and fiscal policies capable of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, for example compared to 1990 levels “, according to the European Commission.
Reducing emissions, creating jobs and growth, tackling energy poverty, reducing external energy dependence and improving health and well-being are some of the highlights of the Europe target.
With climate change considered “the greatest challenge of our time”, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in 2019 declared the Green Deal to be the continent’s “man on the moon” moment. , welcoming its objective of making Europe the first climate. -neutral continent.
Experts say the deal is not about CO2 emissions, but rather about greening all production so that it doesn’t harm nature.
As the deal has the potential to revolutionize world trade, Turkey’s Green Accord action plan and the establishment of a working group are seen as important steps in adjusting to this situation.